Friday, 2 January 2009

It's tough being a contractor

Most of you would have deduced by now that I'm working in the construction industry. It is a tough job to be in... but rather than tell you a story about my struggles, I'd like to start the new year by posting a light-hearted one.

This joke was relayed to me years ago by a friend after he found out that I was working in a construction firm.

Building a bridge between Heaven and Hell

The people in Hell were suffering terribly from the endless torture. One day, some of them decided to plead to God for a reprieve and begged to be allowed to visit Heaven, even if it was for only a day.

God asked the people in Heaven what they thought. The kind-hearted people in Heaven, especially those who had family and friends in Hell, asked for God's mercy to agree to the idea.
God thought about it for a while and agreed to let the people from Hell to visit Heaven for a day. He commanded the people from each side to build a bridge that would meet in the middle.

The people in Hell were estatic and started the construction of their side of the bridge with great gusto.
After some time, God checked on the progress and was surprised that the Hell side of the bridge has been completed. However, the Heaven side had not shown any progress at all. So he asked the people in Heaven, `How come?'

The people in Heaven replied, `We are so very sorry, O God. There is nobody in Heaven who knows how to build a bridge. All the contractors are in Hell...'


Michelle said...


I just copied the joke and sent it to my dad, who also happens to be a contractor.

Good one! =)

Oh, and happy new year!

mamasita said...

Oldstock?Thats a great joke!I thought they joke about lawyers saja.Rupanya contractors pun kena!hehehe

HLiza said...

Ha ha..and I always got jokes about salesperson too..Anyway, happy new year..and Selamat Maal Hijrah to you. Co-incidently, my brother is in the construction field.

Chahya said...

Hehe...every job seems to have jokes related to heaven & hell :)
Happy New Year 1430H & 2009M.

Zawi said...

This is a new and fresh joke to me. I like it very much.
Thanks for sharing.

D said...

HeHe... I'd say it is a mean business out there for contractors!

My late husband worked with a construction company, hence I know quite a number of peeps in this field (ps: also some people who used to and still do work in dubai & fujairah!).

ruby ahmad said...

Hello Oldsrock,

Saw you at Fauziah's.

Ha ha...I'll never look at contractors the same again...!

Happy New Year.

Madam Markonah said...

Heheehhee funny...

hanitha said...

eheheehe...good one bro, makes me smile n dh lamer tk dpt citer lawak dpd u..monday blues no more ehehehe

p/s last friday g lgk jusco keramat n i beli lgk big apple donuts but no more dua je , i beli 2 dozen sebab 2 mmg tk cukup ehehehe

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Oldstock, happy new year. Nothing like a smile to start the year. Best regards, Lee.

Oldstock said...


I'm sure your Dad would enjoy the joke ;-)

Oldstock said...


I think there are not as many evil jokes about contractors as there are about lawyers. Maybe my friend Versedanggerik can share a few jokes about lawyers. Some of them are classic... heheheh.

Oldstock said...


I have a joke that tells about the difference between engineers and sales/marketing people. Maybe one day I'll share it with you :-)

In the mean time, you tell this one to your brother... it will brighten his day... heheheh.

Oldstock said...


Lawyers, contractors and politicians are mostly the brunt of evil jokes. I don't think there are any about teachers... or at least, I've not heard any. Maybe you'd like to share some :-)

Oldstock said...

Zawi, I'm actually quite poor at remembering jokes but this one really close to my heart... hehehe.

Thanks for dropping by.

Oldstock said...

Hi D,

If your hb worked in the construction line, then you'd also know how tough it is, yes? We need to have a thick skin and a huge dose of humour.

You still know some peeps in Dubai and Fujairah? Hopefully, we don't know the same people... b'cos I've have a somewhat lousy track record... heheheh ;-)

Oldstock said...

Hi Ruby,

Welcome... have been to your blog a few times too, but yet to drop a comment.

There are many good contractors but it doesn't hurt to be wary of them in general.

Oldstock said...

-> Madam, nice to know that you like the joke.

-> Hanitha, don't worry about Monday blues, my friend. I like blues... so Monday is now a good day for me!

Oldstock said...

Hi Lee!

Life is short... so let's enjoy it as much as possible. Hoping for a good 2009 for you too.

Nurie said...

I tot you orang minyak! (from O&G industry)rupanya you are in construction.

memang kelakar posting you nih..great way to start off the year-putting smiles on yr friends faces :-)

Oldstock said...


I'm in construction but some of the work I do is related to O&G. That's why in one pic, you can see oil storage tanks in the background.

Happy birthday. Yang ke berapa, ek?

Ummi365 said...

Ha ha ha, i like this.. should pass it to my hubby who has been in construction all his life. i know how it is.. very bad..

Oldstock said...


Your hubby and I are probably in the same boat. It's a tough life but we are made tougher.

No worries, rezeki tu ada di mana-mana.